The Catawba Game Land has been removed from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s management program.
The agency made the announcement in a release this week.
Located in Catawba County on the western side of Lake Norman, this game land covered 913 acres and was divided into two segments—Molly’s Backbone and Sandpits.
The Molly’s Backbone portion was off a road of the same name near Sherrills Ford. Sandpits was off Hudson Chapel Road east of the town of Catawba.
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The property owner, Crescent Resources, had requested its return from the Game Lands program.
The Wildlife Commission noted that it owns or manages all or parts of 12 other managed lands covering 102,500 acres providing public outdoors recreation within approximately a 50-mile radius of the former Catawba tract. Observer News Services
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▪ The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has dedicated a memorial plaque at the gravesite in Tillman of a long-fallen game warden. Officer Frank A. Floyd was shot in the chest and killed on July 25, 1949 while confronting a nighttime deer hunting suspect near Walterboro. A fellow officer returned fire, wounding the suspect. Floyd’s killer fled, but was later arrested, tried and sentenced to life in prison.—ONS
Catches of the week
- A 10-pound largemouth bass at Union County’s Lake Lee by Tommy Streater of Monroe. The lunker hit a pig-jig combo.
- A 6-pound largemouth at Lake Lee by Willie Smith of Monroe.
- A 49-inch red drum near Hatteras Village by Jack Rever, 7, of Frisco.
- A 50-inch red drum in Pamlico Sound at Hatteras Village by local angler Ken Davenport.
- A 49-inch red drum at Hatteras by Hannah Spruill of Fletcher.
- A 45-inch red drum at Hatteras by Caleb Cole of Fairview.
- A 40-inch red drum at Hatteras by Sarah Draper of Fairview.
- A 7-pound Spanish mackerel off Hatteras by Virginian Charles Bowman.
- Twenty-two striped bass weighing 15-22 pounds in the Cumberland River near Lenoir City, Tenn., by David Clubb and Scott Atwell, both of Mooresville.